AT&T Accuses FCC of Bias Against T-Mobile Acquisition
AT&T today offered its full response to the recently released Federal Communications Commission report on its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile. AT&T claims the FCC's report is "so obviously one-sided that any fair-minded person reading it is left with the clear impression that it is an advocacy piece, and not a considered analysis. In our view, the report raises questions as to whether its authors were predisposed. The report cherry-picks facts to support its views, and ignores facts that don’t. Where facts were lacking, the report speculates, with no basis, and then treats its own speculations as if they were fact. This is clearly not the fair and objective analysis to which any party is entitled, and which we have every right to expect." AT&T goes on to tackle a number of concernes raised by the FCC in its rebuttal. AT&T says the FCC's belief that AT&T will expand its LTE network beyond 80% of the population without acquiring T-Mobile is speculation. AT&T says the FCC's belief that the merger won't create jobs is faulty, and points out that there's no way it can build out its planned LTE network without additional personnel. AT&T accuses the FCC of ignoring the spectrum issues at hand, and believes the acquisition will put AT&T and T-Mobile's spectrum assets to more efficient use -- something that the FCC has asked wireless network providers to do. Last, AT&T says that the FCC document "lacks all credibility" and encourages the public to come to its own conclusions. AT&T ends by saying that the merger will create jobs, incur additional billions in investment, and will help the U.S. economy recover.
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